All visitors are required to wear a mask at Queensland Museum and The Workshops Rail Museum. Children under 12 years and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt. Learn more.

Orange-spot Smashing Mantis Shrimp

Gonodactylaceus graphurus


Finger of claw is a simple spear without any additional teeth on inside edge; swollen at base. Large orange spot inside claw; body colour variable. Transverse groove on each segment of abdomen. To 60-70 mm long.


In crevices and holes in dead and living coral clumps on reefs and in mussel clumps in shallows (e.g. Dunwich and Myora on North Stradbroke Island). Northern Australia; also South-west Pacific.

Orange-spot Smashing Mantis Shrimp, Gonodactylaceus graphurus

Queensland Museum's Find out about... is proudly supported by the Thyne Reid Foundation and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.